BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts energy officials are pointing to what they say is significant job growth in the state's renewable energy sector.
A report released Tuesday by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center estimates there are now more than 64,000 people in the state working in the so-called "clean energy" economy — or about 1.5 percent of all jobs in the state.
The report identified 4,909 clean energy companies across the state.
The report said those companies saw a 6.7 percent increase in jobs between July 2010 to July 2011, and expect employment growth rate of 15 percent from July 2011 to July 2012.
The report defines clean energy companies as those involved with researching, developing, manufacturing or distributing goods or services related to renewable energy, energy efficiency, energy storage, carbon management, or electric or hybrid cars.